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dc.contributor.advisorFergus, Karen D.
dc.creatorMcCarthy, Molly Clare
dc.description.abstractThis study aims to validate a classification system of couple adjustment to cancer, developed with breast and prostate cancer patients. The classification proposes that couples undergo fluctuations between togetherness (“We”-ness) and separateness (“I”-ness) during their cancer experience, which may affirm or erode their mutual identity. The application of the classification system to couples coping with colorectal cancer (CRC) and permanent colostomies served as a novel approach to member checking as a means of validation. Nine couples were interviewed. Transcripts were coded for “I-We” shifts in couples’ adjustment, either as these were implicitly described within their dialogue, or as they were explicitly self-identified by the couple. With the exception of four “We”-eroding shifts, all of the previously identified shifts within the “I-We” classification system were observed. One new “I-We” shift was developed from this analysis. Implications to colorectal cancer patients with colostomies and theories of couple resilience emphasizing “We”-ness are discussed.
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dc.title"I-We" Boundary Fluctuations in Couple Adjustment to Colorectal Cancer and Life with a Permanent Colostomy: A Qualitative Validation Study
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US (Functional Area: Clinical Psychology) - Master of Arts's
dc.subject.keywordsMember checkingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsColorectal canceren_US
dc.subject.keywordsDyadic copingen_US
dc.subject.keywordsAdjustment to canceren_US
dc.subject.keywordsCouple resilienceen_US

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